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>> pelley: tonight, september 11, 2014. remembering the victims of the terror attacks. and 13 years later, facing new threats. >> i will not hesitate to take action against isil in syria, as well as iraq. >> pelley: david martin details the action the president is planning. the nfl calls in a former f.b.i. director to investigate the league's handling of the ray rice case. norah o'donnell has latest. james brown talks to the owner of the baltimore ravens. south african olympian oscar pistorius is cleared of murder charges but debora patta reports his legal troubles are far from over. and anna werner with the legacy of 9/11, the worst of times brings out the best of
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americans. >> it makes you feele feel goodt a smile on somebody's face who is in a bad spot. that's what it's all about. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. it was 13 years ago today that america declared war on terror and it's not over yet. as the country again remembered the nearly 3,000 who died in the 9/11 attacks launched by al qaeda, president obama expanded the war against an al qaeda offshoot known as isis. the sunni muslim group is seizing territory in iraq and syria and waging a campaign of terror, including the beheading of two american journalists. the president laid out his plan for destroying isis in his address to the nation last night, and tonight, we have a series of reports, beginning with david martin on how the plan will be carried out. >> reporter: the u.s. military
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flew only two air strikes overnight and today knocking out isis machine guns near the the mosul dam as it geared up for more aggressive attacks. until now, the strikes have been confined to five locations in iraq. once the new campaign begins, all isis forces across northern and western iraq, including their leaders, will become potential targets. the mission is to both degrade iceis and help iraqi ground forces take back lost territory. u.s. army the set up expanded, more permanent headquarters in baghdad and in the northern city of erbil, and 15 teams of green berets will be embedded with iraqi units to help coordinate the strikes. 475 more american troops will arrive in iraq in the coming days, bringing the total to 1600 1600. armed reconnaissance planes will be based in erbil, freeing up unmanned drones to conduct surveillance missions over isis safe havens in syria.
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in recent weeks, isis fighters have taken over entire bases, complete with ammunition dumps which once belonged to the syrian air force and which now could become targets for american air strikes. to destroy isis will require putting troops into syria, which the pentagon has ruled out. instead, the pentagon has asked congress for legal authority and $500 million to begin training a syrian opposition force to do battle against isis. southbound has agreed to let that training take place on its territory. pentagon officials say the new air campaigned in iraq could begin within days. air strikes in syria are more likely weeks away. scott. >> pelley: david martin at the pentagon for us this evening. david, thank you very much. secretary of state john kerry was in saudi arabia today, lining up arab support for defeating ice i. margaret brennan sat down with kerry in jeddah. >> reporter: is the u.s. at war with isis? >> we're engaged in a major
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counter-terrorism operation -- >> reporter: not a war. >> and it's going to be a long-term counter-terrorism operation. i think war is the wrong terminology and analogy. i don't think people need to get into war fever on this. i think they have to view it as a heightened level of counter-terrorist activity, but it's not dissimilar to what we've been doing the last few years with al qaeda in afghanistan, pakistan, and in yemen and elsewhere. >> pelley: war or not, the president's plan includes arming moderate syrian rebels to fight isis on the ground while the u.s. attacks from the air. congress is expected to vote next week on granting the president the authority to provide those arms. nancy cordes is on capitol hill, and, nancy, will the president win that vote? >> reporter: at this point, scott, it looks like he will, although lawmakers from both sides do have some pretty serious misgivings. they worry that it's going to take years to turn these rebels into a true fighting force that's able to work with the
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u.s. to quash isis, and, so, house speaker john boehner and others wondered today who's going to fight on the ground in the meantime? >> air strikes alone will not accomplish what we're trying to accomplish. and the president's made clear that he doesn't want u.s. boots on the ground. well, somebody's boots have to be on the ground. >> reporter: do you think that the president is wrong then to take u.s. combat troops on the ground in syria off the table right now? >> i would never tell the enemy what i was willing to do or unwilling to do. but he is the commander in chief. he made that decision. >> reporter: no one here on capitol hill is advocating that u.s. combat forces get sent into syria right now, but republicans in particular, scott, argue that it's impossible to predict what our military need will be as the strategy unfolds. >> pelley: nancy cordes on capitol hill for us, nancy, thank you very much.
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president obama marked the 9/11 anniversary with a moment of silence at the white house. there were observances as well at the pentagon, and in shanksville, pennsylvania, where the heroes of flight 93 were awarded the congressional gold medal post hume ofl. and at the 9/11 memorial in new york, adriana fiori remembered the father she lost. >> 13 years ago yesterday, not knowing if it would be your last time. i miss you so much. daddy, you're my hero. i love you. >> pelley: bob schieffer our chief washington correspondent and anchor of "face the nation" is here with us tonight with his thoughts on terrorism, then and now, bob. >> schieffer: scott, the ironies of what happened last night are inescapable. the president who came to office to bring the troops home tell us last night he is sending some americans back to iraq and expanding the war on terrorism into syria. and telling us on the eve of
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this day, the 13th anniversary of 9/11 and its horrific scenes burned forever into america's memory. two years after 9/11, george bush stood beneath a huge sign declaring mission accomplished, but, of course, it wasn't. eight years later, the obama administration declared osama bin laden dead and g.m. alive, as if the war on terror had been all but won, but, of course, it hasn't. the problem with wars is they're never over until both side say they are over. so whether you call it a war or not, last night the president seemed to acknowledge that, unlike the presidential rhetoric of years gone by, his speech did not have the feel of a quick fix. it recognized reality. war wary though the nation may be, the threat posed by isis is real. 9/11 could happen again. and we can't negotiate with
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these people. they must be destroyed, and it won't be done in a day. but the president told us last night it must be done. scott. >> pelley: bob schieffer. bob, thanks very much. the president also said last night that a big part of his strategy is protecting americans at home. the man in charge of that is jeh johnson, secretary of homeland security security, and he sat down with our michelle miller. >> today, the terrorist threat is more decentralized. it's more diffuse. there are more al qaeda affiliates. so in many respects, the terrorist threat that we face today is more complex. >> reporter: are we under a greater threat today from these radicalized extremists, the home-grown terrorists than we are from these organizations overseas? >> that type of threat is harder to detect than the threat from overseas. the independent actor who is inspired toward violence because
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of something they read or something they see at home in their own living room, can strike without a whole lot of notice. and so, one of my priorities as secretary is community outreach to establish a community-based type of homeland security, and it's worked with considerable success in some context but we need to do a better job. >> reporter: what does the success and strength of isil mean to homeland security? >> we know of no current specific plot by isil to attack our homeland, but that is not by any means the end of the story. we're tracking these individua individuals. several have been arrested by the f.b.i., who have attempted to leave this country to take up the fight in syria. we've determined to know who these people are, investigate
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them, prosecute them where appropriate. >> reporter: how many are we talking about? >> that number is something in excess of 100 who have left or attempted to leave this country to go to syria. >> reporter: just yesterday, a 19-year-old colorado woman pleaded guilty to conspiring with isis. she was arrested before boarding a flight to the middle east in april and, scott, johnson says this is just another example of how the administration hopes to thwart potential threats at the start. >> pelley: important interview, michelle. thank you. >> thank you. >> pelley: thank you very much. in another big story tonight, late last night, the nfl announced it is launching an investigation of how it pursued the ray rice case. the running back was fired by the baltimore ravens this week after video emerged showing him knocking out his future wife in a casino elevator. cbs "this morning's" norah o'donnell joins us tonight from baltimore where the ravens are going to play the pittsburgh
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steelers tonight on "thursday night football." norah. >> reporter: scott, that investigation is under way and being led by bob mulure, the former director of the f.b.i. overseeing the investigation john mara and art rooney who today promised the investigation would be, one, independent, two, begin immediately, and, three, shared with the public. mueller will have access to all nfl personnel and records. but, scott, there have been some questions raised about how independent this investigation will really be. the most obvious being that mr. mueller is being paid pie be nfl for his work. and his law firm also has a number of connections to the nfl. several former members of the firm have taken positions with nfl teams, including dig cast, the current president of the raveeps and ray rice's former boss. now, while some have called for his resignation, scott, it appears commissioner roger goodell still has overwhelming support at this hour from the
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league's 32 owners, several of whom have gone on the the record to offer their support. and then, scott, tonight, espn, is reporting that ray rice actually told goodell back in june that he did punch his then-fiance in that casandra elevator. now, that would appear to contradict what goodell told us, which is that ray rice and his representatives made it ambiguous about what happened in that elevator. scott. >> pelley: norah o'donnell. thanks, norah. a little later in the broadcast, james brown will be along with his interview with the owner of the balt ravens. the blade runner burst into tears as the judge began reading the verdict at his murder trial. and we'll remember richard keil, who played an imposing bond villain when the cbs evening news continues. high-risk patients more than lipitor. bad cholesterol... you're going down!
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proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of premeditated murder. >> reporter: she dismissed as unreliable the testimony of neighbors who said they heard a man and woman arguing in the pistorius house that night. the prosecution had tried to paint a picture of a violent, gun-obsessed man who murdered his girlfriend, reeva steenkamp, in a fit of rage. but pistorius has always maintained he shot steenkamp by accident, mistaking her for an intruder hiding in the bathroom. we managed to get a rare glimpsed in the athlete's home where the shooting took place. gun in hand, oscar made his way down this narrow corridor, connecting his bedroom to the bathroom. it's a surprisingly long walk. imagine even more so in complete darkness when all this happened 18 months ago. he then turned the corner and told the court he shouted to reeva to call the police before firing four shots through his locked bathroom door. it's those shots that the judge
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condemned today, calling pistorius a poor witness who was often evasive. >> i am of the view that the accused acted too hastily and used excessive force. in the circumstances, it is clear that his conduct was negligent. >> reporter: pistorius still faces charges of manslaughter, which the judge will deal with tomorrow. if found guilty, he could be looking at up to 15 years behind bars. but the prosecution won't be satisfied with that. their case was dealt a bitter blow today and they looked visibly stunned by the judge's conclusions. >> pelley: debora patta outside the high court in pretoria. debora, thanks very much. there will be more on pistorius on a special edition of "48 hours "tomorrow night at 8:00, 7:00 central. and we'll be right back. . today, more and more people with type 2 diabetes are learning about long-acting levemir®, an injectable insulin that can give you blood sugar control for up to 24 hours. and levemir® helps lower your a1c.
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cbs news special correspondent james brown, the host of the "nfl today," asked bisciotti why the ravens didn't pursue the video. >> the question is why didn't we try harder with the casino? because it would have been illegal for the casino to give it to us. so we stopped. i mean, that's the thing. when the only potential you could get would be through back-channeling and compelling someone else to do something illegal, then we stopped. and that's what i regret, james. i mean, i regret that we didn't keep up with it. that's our biggest regret. since monday, when we saw that, that compelled us about facing and cut ray was could we have gotten the tape? and i still don't have an answer to that. >> reporter:and, scott, because of the graphic nature of the video that mr. bisciotti got a chance to see, which led to his decision to fire ray rice, he says, mr. bisciotti, even though it would have been illegal, he's sorry that his team didn't more aggressively
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try to get a copy of that tape. >> pelley: thanks, j.b. cbs sports coverage of thursday night football begins at 7:30 eastern time, 6:30 central. actor richard kiel played an unforgettable villain in two james bond movies. after all, he was 7'2". >> go ahead. grab that. i'll help, too. >> okay. >> pelley: wrong video there. apologies for that. kiel's character couldn't kill bond, though he tried often with his steel teeth. he could bite through wooden boards and even a shark. richard kiel died yesterday in california. what is better than a story about good trium fing over evil? we'll have one for you next.
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>> pelley: finally tonight, after the 9/11 attacks, people from all over america headed to new york city. they wanted to help any way they could. anyone in need. it's not what the terrorists had in mind, but their horrible acts of evil that day led to countless acts of kindness that continue to in day. here's anna werner. >> reporter: at this barn raising in bethel acres, oklahoma, charlie sadler is working around the clock. what do you think everyone here has in common? >> a big heart. and a great sense of humor. >> reporter: sadler drove 26 hours from his regular job as a new york city police officer to help rebuild the one day ranch, an animal rescue center. the barn was destroyed last year in one of the tornadoes that ripped through oklahoma. >> can you say hi? >> meaghen hadley is the owner. >> it was condemned. we were not allowed to have animals or people in that
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building ever again. >> reporter: hadley had no means to rebuild it. that's where charlie sadler came in. the two connected through the new york says thank you foundation. the group was started after 9/11 by new yorkers who wanted to thank people all over the country who helped the city heal. every year, the foundation chooses a community affected by a natural disaster, and their volunteers headline rebuild something that was lost. why do you guys do this? to put a smile on somebody's face that's in a bad spot. just to make them feel good. that's what it's all about. >> reporter: sadler knows about loss. his close friend new york fireman joseph hunter died on 9/11. as a tribute to him, in 2005, sadler joined the new york police department. then in 2012, he lost his long island home to hurricane sandy. new york says thank you volunteers helped sadler rebuild his house.
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now, he's in oklahoma returning the favor. so you know what this feels like today. >> i've been on both end. this-- this end is a lot more fun. >> reporter: some 1,000 people from 18 states came to share in this act of kindness. people call this paying ited for. >> uh-huh. >> reporter: what do you call it? >> this is a huge blessing for us, and next year, it will be us paying ited for because i will be wherever they go. we will be doing this from hereon out. >> absolute. >> reporter: they say no matter what or where the disaster, they'll show that help and hope are never far away. anna werner, cbs news, bethel acres, oklahoma. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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